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BRITISH POLICY DEFINED. & INTERNATIONAL GUARANTEE FOIt CHINA REFUSED. PALL CAINE SUED "ON MORAL GROUNDS"- Kl-MORS ABOI-T UNDERGROUND RAILWAYS. BBBJtajtt; aw*: By The N'ew-Tork Tribune.) r»T CaaUt TO THE TRir.lVE.l London. May 22, 1 a . m.-official explanations jn parliament yesterday disclosed the fact that the Chinese policy of the British Government is n ot es-ntially different from that of the Ameri can Government. The amount of the Brltieh claims have been ssfseed as far as possible and the Foreign Of fi.e has declined to have anything to do with an taw/infliwul guarantee. The reasons for the jatter HWrss are cogenu A joint guarantee aajadd Impljr a joint obligation, and if the respon- I a of the Chinese Government were re pudiat ¦¦• there would be a necessity for joint action by the powers. Bagland, while the ally of Germany, is virtu ally m line with tae American Government. The cirama hau an examiner of playa. who is the guardian Of pabUe morals. There is no censor Of literature. The publisher and the au thor are their own moralists, and when they cannot ajrree the courts are open to them. An psfSTtunate controversy has arisen over the | Lion of Hall Caine's "The Eternal City" |n The Lady's Magazine." where it has ap peared serially since December. The Pearsons have takes two decisive and uncompromising gteis. They have issued a writ and began suit apaii..--: M Catos for £1,000, or one-half of the saoney already paid for the serial rights. They have also Bsattted an instalment of the story In the June number of the magazine, which has \-x-i-n printed, but not ret lssu»J. They will ex ajaja la a publishers' note their reasons for ;¦ *he story unfinished. Th:. 1 - !s another dispute over the publishers' right to edit work which a novelist is under ¦¦tract to write. The portions objected to by the- Pearsons oocar in the latter ha'.f of Book V ard in Book VI. the story being divided into nine V-okfi. the proportion by books betas;, there fore, one and a half of the disputed and seven end a half of the undisputed story. The chap ters containing Uss Incidents objected to cover about twenty thousand words of the etory of two hundred thousand words, th" proportion be ing one to t«-n. Tlie passagi a < ::• d as objec- BBBabte contain K-ss than twenty thousand words, or a hundredth part of the whole. The author granted to the publishers full per mission to omit this? hundredth part, and they replied that they could not do that with out injuring the sequence of the Btory, and called upon him to rewrite this hundredth part for their approval. This HaJl Came declined to do. and th- publishers have brought an action and will suspend the publication of the story. Th« PesuWMßß* claim is that the passages to which they object are on moral grounds un suitable for publication In their ""Lady's Matra rine." The author's answer Is that these pas pages are of the essence of the highest morality, and that even to omit them would be to lower lmmeararai>!y the moral tone nt th»* whole book. He refuses on moral grounds to alter his wort Jn any degree, and takes his stand on that teFue, hl« counsel. Aug-uetine Blrrell. hav ing given a stronp opinion in his favor. Mr. Cafne is in Rome. An ominous statement on the subject of con script was made by Lord Raglan, the Under Secretary for War, last night. Speaking at the United Service Club, he said that Englishmen Blurt not be frightened at the idea of compulsion. There were only two ways of getting m. for the army: They could pay them and make their lot comfortable, or they could pr*ss them, and paying them had already been declared imprac ticable. In this connection It is interesting to note that the militia ballot was put into operation in Guernsey on Monday to strengthen the local nMHia. Guernsey Is only a portion of the Brit ish Ban] Ire where conscription is in force. Yachting experts are puzzled by the contra- Clctory performances of Shamrock II on yester day'!= form. She was at one time better than her nost optimistic admirer had thought she could be, and again, when much was confidently ex pected of her. she failed to satisfy even less eanguine hopes. The fact that on one racing fpell before the official contest began she drew up from half a mile to leeward to iwthin fouling distance of the ex-challenger may be counted entirely satisfactory by the admirers of the Watson boat, but It certainly makes it difficult to explain how on the same point of sailing and Under similar conditions she at a later etage In the day's proceedings lost twice as much in covering an equal distance. Mr. Yerkes's arrival will be a signal for the renewal of negotiations for the control of un derground electric transit in London. There bat been mysterious speculation of some kind Eolng on in the district, and the Metropolitan Railway's rumor mongers persist in the state ment that Mr. Yerki>B has obtained control of one of these railways, and is bent upon buying up the other for an American syndicate. There is no authentic information. There win be more gossip, followed by contra dictions, as soon as Mr. Yerkes resumes opera tions. There can be little new legislation forth" ?Metric companies at this session. The report <* the commission on vibrations is encouraging. to far as it goes, but all new projects are in suspense. I. If. F. TWO HUNDRED CHINESE KILLED. Berlin. May 21— A dispatch from Field Mar shal yon Waldersee, dated Peking. May 19, says tbat two hundred Chinese were killed or bounded as a suit of the explosion at the Xalgan arsenal on May 15. when Lieutenant Rummer, of the German army, and several German soldiers were wounded. The Boxer movement south of Pa/>-Ting-Fu •» apparently being speedily quelled by General "ailloud, the French commander. Beyond the southern line of demarcation the Boxer*. Gen eral Ballloud reports, are being dealt with suc cessfully by Chinese troops. SSIANS MWTsOiCED IX JAPAN. Yokohama. May 21.— Thin 1 Russian officers • • smsl in default to six months* ~>Prisonment for mapping Nagasaki Harbor In ¦ vicinity of the fortifications. POSTAL SERVICE IN CHINA CLOSED. Washington. May 21.— The Postofllee Department ¦<HJ*jr sent cable instructions to China directing all '* representatives in the military postal service #! "*re to depart on the first available transport. '• M. Robinson, of Atlanta, superintendent of the *rvice there, baa been apeigned to duty in the JJsUlpplnes. but all the others will return to the £*?*» from which they were assigned to China. T »>le marks the clone of th* United States military ?**UI service in China. Sir Mi HMtTU.TT A BANKRUPT. London, Hay -In the Bankruptcy Court to-day • f«K.e!vfnjr -r w> wan made against Sir Kills Ash . ¥S*/Btrt] c tt, >f. P., formerly « Civil Ixirfl of tbo * 4^r*lu. hu Uabuittas amount to i«0.00a CHINESE IXDEMXITY LOAN. THIS GOVERNMENT FAVORS A PLAN WHICH WILL PREVENT DISMEMBER MENT OF THE EMPIRE. Washington. May 21.— The State Department has been made fully acquainted by Mr. Rockhill with the character of the propositions relative to the floating of the indemnity loan unfolded at Peking. While grave objections are per ceived to the Russian project for a Joint guaran tee of the loan, because of the immense diffi culty of securing the assent of Congress to an agreement which would entangle the I'nited States with foreign nations for more than a quarter of a century at least, there is nothing in Mr. Rockhill's instructions that would cause him to antagonize the British proposition, pro vided it is fully developed so as to secure the safety of the loan, while aspuring the Integrity of China. It is suggested that these objects can best be secured by causing China to deliver to each nation bonds bearing 4 per cent interest to the face value of that nation's indemnity claim. The nation holding the bonds could dis pose of thorn at Its pleasure. It could affix its own guarantee and Bell the bonds in the open market. The claim for the collection and distribution of interest contains the germ of the guarantee of Chinese integrity. It is proposed that an in ternational board of financiers collect period ically fri>m china the amount of income which the ministers at Peking have decided can be raised without ruining the country, this monej to be divided between the powers in the shape of interest in exact proportion to the bonds held by them. In case of default by China each nation will lose in proportion, and a special covenant will bind each power to refrain from Individual uctlon against China to secure the payment of the arrears or to seize territory in lieu of interest In default. It is thought that by this plan each power will find it to its interest to prevent a division of China. IN LINE WITH AMKKH'AN VIEWS. BTATBMEMTB BT LORDS CRANBOUXE AND LANBDOWKE IN I'AHLIAMKNT. London. May 21.— Lord Cranborne made a gen rral statement on the China question in the House of Commons to-day, saying th« govern ments chief eonc-rn at present was so far as possible to moderate the demands for Indem nity, anl see that they did not infringe on com mercial interests. The government, therefore, was unalterably opposed to raising the import duties to 10 i>er cent as security for the pay ment of the indemnity, and in reply to all such suggestions had signified that Great Britain would only consent to such a raise of duties in connection with commercial Improvements in the Chinese fiscal system, such as the abolition of the likin taxes. As to moderating the total indemnity, there were more ways than on; of achif-vlng that object, and China's burden ml^ht be perceptibly lightened by the method of exacting payment. In regard to the proposal that the Indemnity be defrayed by a loan Kuaranteed by a con cert of the powers, undoubtedly China's obliga tion to pay the indemnity was a Joint obliga tion, and, though Lord Cranborne hoped thjs would not be necessary, if such a loan were guaranteed it would have to be by the Joint force of all the powers. The objection tq a Joint guaranf >-. however, was BO obvious that the govern! -nt would hay nothing to do with it. Considering that British credit stood higher than that of any other power, while Great Britain only claimed a small portion of the in demnity, it would lx- nothing short of insane to agree jointlj- to guarantee the loan. 1 After mentioning that three high delinquents had been executed, that three had been permit ted to commit suicide, that four had been ban ished, and that the powers had demanded the punishment of 17't provincial culprits. Lord Cranborne concluded with saying that, on the whole, the affaire of China were entering on a mnrt- pacific phase, and that the government hoped soon to withdraw a larßf part of the British troops from that country. Lord Lansdowne, the Foreign Secretary, made a statement In th.- House "f Lorls similar to the .stat'-ment made by Lord Cranborne In the House of Commons. In regard to the withdrawal of troops, -the Foreign Secretary said that 8300 British troops would leave china Immediately. Prom the Srst <ireat Britain had Indicated an objection to being drawn into expeditions remote from Peking. He believed the feeling was shared by the other powers, who desired the arrival of the moment when it would be possible to withdraw from China. PRICE tiET OV \O. 1 WALL-ST. OFFERS FOR SILLIMAX PROPERTY, BUT EXECUTORS WONT TAKE L.EBB THAN ISGOjCOO. It was announced yesterday to these interest? which are endeavoring to purchase No. 1 Wall* st., the. southeast corner of Wall-st. and Broad way, that the minimum price set on the prop erty was $550,000. Since the death of Benjamin D. Siliirnan, the owner of the property, Mitchell & Mitchell, the executors of the estate, have been besieged with inquiries. They have also received several offers. Among other bidders for the property are the owners of the building which Incloses the plot on the southern and eastern sides with frontages In both Wall-st and Broadway, and extending back to New-st. It is the desire of these owners to enlarge what is now an L shaped building to a rectangular structure, having complete frontages in both streets. , , The executors have not yet fixed a certain price on the property, but. on the other hand, they have decided to consider no bids less than $550,000. r.HIt A7A T h'lZ AGAFN STRICKEX. cmi.r? r-iursinKNT gUFFERIKO fhom a BEOOND BTROKE OF PAItAI.YSIS. Santiago, CbJM. May -' President Krrazuriz has ha.l another aevere attack of paralysis. His case ;s considered to be v«i> serious. BELGIUM KEMA IUS KEI TRA 1.. SENATE REJECTS MOTION CONDEMNING niMTISH I>OMCY IN SOUTH AFRICA. Brussels. May 21.— The Senate to-day by 37 to 22 votes rejected a resolution introduced by M. Lafontaine. Socialist, declaring in favor of the Transvaal and regretting that Belgium was powerless to do anything in the matter. The Foreign Minister. M. de Favereau. rely ing to the accusations made in the debate that British soldiers had massacred Boer women and children and had otherwise 111-treated the Boers, sad Great Britain had carried civilization to all the countries of the world, and had every where defended liberty of the person and of conscience. \\<,i .< IX ¦ ROSSI AX^ COLXCIL. St Petersburg. May Cl.— Celebrating the cente nary of the Imperial Council yesterday the Czar, in ?n autograph letter, promised to reorganize the council on modern llne», bo a« to iacUitat« th.. iraiiiactlon of tmtln«sa. NEW-YORK. WEDNESDAY. MAY 22. 1901. -FOURTEEN PAGES.-,, W^SffiSSi— . CUBAN DILATORY TACTICS. ANOTHER ADJOURNMENT WITHOUT A VOTE ON PL ATT AMENDMENT. (Copyright: 1801: By The New-York Tribune.) [by cjt&LS to xhs TiunrxE.l Havana, May 21.— The Constitutional Con vention used its time to-day in a fruitless discur slon. Gualberto Gomez's minority report, fa voring a modified acceptance of the Platt amend ment, was so distasteful to his supporters that he withdrew it, and substituted his original re port against the amendment, made before the commission visited Washington. Manuel Sanguily criticised the Radicals se verely, and supported the report of the majority, accepting the amendment as Interpreted by Mr. Root. Sanguily and Salvador Clsneros had a sharp interchange of personalities, and a duel was threatened, but both finally withdrew their offensive remarks, and the convention pro ceeded. Short speeches against the majority report were made by Sefiors Silva and Portuondo. Rad ical delegates. Gualberto Gomez will have the floor to-morrow. At to-day's session slight amendments to the majority recommendation were proposed by Sefiors Berriel and Morna Delgado, both Con servatives. Thf chief scheme now is to enable some of the delegates who have declared against the Platt amendment, but who are unwilling to ac cept the responsibility of defeating It, to dodge a vote. Bravo Carreso. one of the ultra-Radicals from Santiago, after making a declaration against the Platt amendment, left here for Santiago, and will not be present to vote. Mayor Gener. who Is also trying to dodge, wants the municipal <xmvention of the National party, whose can 01 date he is. to instruct him. Mendez Capote, the president of the convention, is said to hold out for a new compromise plan, BO as to avoid any direct responsibility, but the :lnal vote will be had on the main Issue, as presented by the majority report, favoring acceptance. FLOOD NEAR THE CAPITAL. Havana, May 21. — Two persons were drowned and many families rendered homeless by a flood at Puentes Grandes, near Havana. Thf captain of the port. Young, hauled boats overland an i rescued many persons. EXCELLENT TELEGRAPH SERVICE. Havana, May 21.— 1n general orders relieving Colonel Dunw !y and Lieutenant-Colonel E. S, Dudley, General Wood highly compliments th>-m upon the services they hay.- rendered to Cuba, the former for th>- high efficiency of the t- le grraph service, and the latter for the energy of the law department, "At the time of the Inter vention," pays the Governor-General, "the tele graphic conditions were chaotic. Now there is a system from one end of the island to the other equal to that in the United States." CROWLEY GETS FOVU YEARS. EX-CONGRESSMAN'S RON POUND GUILT* IN TKIAL. AT PONCE. San Juan, Porto Rico. May 21.— The trial of Harold Crowley, of Lockport, N V., son of •¦>:- Congressman Crowley, and a former employe of the Postal Department, on a charge of mis appropriating postal funds, was concluded at Ponce on Saturday nlnbt. nfr-T lasting two days. He w.is sentenced to four yeata at hard labor. It in probable thai an appeal wIU be taken to the Supreme C"u:t. At the tim« of his nrrest last March It wai nl leged that Crowley ha.i appropriated SS77 of postal funds registered in Ponce, and •¦!. route from Taueo to Fan Juan. The package waa missed on Ifarcn 2j, ami Crowley Intended to rail from Ban Juan on March 87. He bad previously had an excellent reputation. ANOTHER SCANDAL AT MANILA. FoI'.MKR MEMBER OF THIRTY-THIRD IN FANTRY ACCUSED OF FORGERY. Manila, May 21 — K. c. Lawrence, formerly n private in t'i- 33d Infantry, and afterward em ployed an a civilian clerk In the adjutant-gen eral's office at Manila, baa been accused of forg ing the Blgnatur.- of Captain Blavens, th.- ln uular disbursing officer, to certain checks pur porting to be payable to General Mac Arthur. On the backs of the checks were. It Is said, forged indorsements of General Mac Arthur to General Bhafter and to E. C. Lawrence. Two of these checks, of SL'<>o each, have been cashed at San Francisco, but another, negotiated at St. Louis, has been returned to Manila and pro nounced spurious by Captain Blavens. Law rence is suspected of other forgeries. The Insurgents to-day made an unsuccessful attack upon the village of Nacarlan, In Laguna I'rovince. A private of the Bth Infantry was killed in the engagement. The official report of the recent engagement near Pasaco, In South Camartees Province, say.n that three American soldiers were killed and one native scout was caotured. General Mac Arthur has ordered reports from all the civil departments, preparatory to his own final report. The commission has prepared a bill to create a new weather bureau. This bill practically con tinues and subsidizes the present Jesuit ob s.-rvatory in Manila. This bureau has always been competently administered, was supported by the Spanish Government, and was later finan cially assisted by the American military authori ties. The professor In charge of this bureau will bo appointed the new director thereof at a salary of $2,500 a year. The director will make all appointments to the auxiliary weather Im reaus throughout the archipelago, subject to Civil Service regulations. PNEUMATIC TUBE TO HOSTOX. COMPANY PLANS GENKRAI, CARRYING BUSINKSS FROM THIS CITY. New-Haven. Conn.. May 21 (Special).— Before the Incorporation Committee of the General As sembly this afternoon plans were given out of a new company that purposes to install a pneu matic tuU- service between New-York City and Boston, under the name of the Electric Pneu matic Company of Hartford. The corporators, who are Connecticut men, represent interests in New-York and Boston, and intend to equip a through express service between those two cities, cor, ne, ting with all important centres on the way. The corporators stated to-day that they intend running out from New-York to Bridgeport and this city, thence to Hartford and Springfield, to Boston; also from this city to New-London, Providence and Boston. The company plans to handle packages from New- York and Boston merchants to suburban receivers, to send United States mail, to handle newspapers and to do a miscellaneous carrying business. The company starts in with $5,000,000 capital stock. AVALANCHE KILL* FIFTEEN. Milan, May 21.— The village of Aurenza has been partially destroyed by an avalanche. The number of deaths is r.ot ytt known, but already fifteen bodies have been recovered. " A TRAIN EVERY HOUR For Buffalo. Niagara Falls, and the West by the New York Central Line*. Two-cent mileag* tickets turn rood. — Ativt BIG SHIPBUILDING PLANT LAST OBSTACLES TO CRAMP-VICKERS BETHLEHEM COMBINATION OVER COME—TO COMPETE WITH REST OF WORLD. [BT TFI.EOK.U'H TO THE TRIBrXE.] Philadelphia, May L'l —There Is little doubt that ihe last obstacles in the way of the Cramp- Vickers- Bethlehem combination have been re moved and that the official announcement of the completion of the arrangement Is now a question of a few hours only. This means that Philadelphia Is to have one of the greatest ship building yards ir. the world, and that the plant will he in a position to enter into active competi tion with the great plants of Great Eritain and Germany for all sorts of work, home and foreign, merchant and naval. It was announced to-day, on what appears to be the best of authority, that the Vickers com pany has obtained an option on the stock of the Bethlehem Steel Company, at a price bordering on L.l. The option is also said to include thf Bethlehem Ir-m Company stock, at about the present market pri< c of 63. In order to complete the transaction tne New- York syndicate which is to underwrite the pres ent combination has been compelled to raise about $15,000,000 in actual cash, as it is en tirely a money transaction, and fully that much will be required to purchase the two Beth'fhem companies' stock, it will take 17,000.000 to buy the Bethlehem steel stock, even at the purchase, price mentioned, which Is less than was talked of at Brat. Negotiations have been on for several weeks, and it has !•> en within the last few -lays that satisfactory arrangements wen- made with the Bethlehem interests. One block, representing elihty thousand shares of stock, was in charge of two prominent Philadelphia financiers, whose agreement to a price yesterday is said to have perf< cted the arrangement. The Cramp end of the plan is not a stumbling block it H said, Inasmuch as President Charles H. Cramp has often declared his desire to ev tend his plant and has said that cr.ily successful competition of ttv- future must be In having ¦m organisation at command which can pro duce a ship, war or merchant complete. If the present plan Is carried out this can tie done at the Kensington yards, and there is every reason to believ* that the company will actively enter Into competition for the shipbuilding work of the world. Stockholders of the Cramp company will, it Is said, hay.- th>' option of taking cash In ex chp.nifinir their holdings, share for share, for a 7 per cent preferred stock ii' the new company. There is .•c.iam.fNHt worth of Cramp stock, and .Sl.".<HM,ii'ht cash will be necessary to buy out Bethli hem. Enough stock will be S'>M to pro vide at leasi ?3,fH)n.Jiofl working capital, an.l the new boi il Issue will likely not exceed $5.0iW,001). Th- mblnatlon, if effected on the lines laid down, will :i"t affect in rlie least th>» control of the great Delaware River yards. Charles H. Cramp will be retained as president, and the will no! pass out of American hands, >yen though the Vickers English interests are so largely represented. THE r. /'. BOND ISSZ7E. APPLICATION TO LIST ITS $100,000,000 FOUR PER CENTS POSTED AT EXCHANGE BOW THEY WILL BE USED. .An t&ftlicatloa by ;h». Union Pacific Railroad Company for the listing of its recently author ized Issue <•( $100,000,000 first Hen convertible 4 per cent (fold Loads of 1901 has been posted at the. Stock Exchange and will probably be acted upon by the Governing Committee of the Ex change at its regular meeting to-day. Included In the $100,000,000 are the $40,000,000 of bonds sold R few months ago to provide for the South ern Pacific purchase. The remaining $80,000,000, it Is generally believed In Wall Street, are to be used In acquiring for the Union Pacific, in whole or In part, the Northern Pacific common and preferred shares recently purchased for account of the Harriman syndicate. Bankers affiliated with that syndicate say that collateral for the entire $100,000,000 has already been deposited by the Union Pacific, but the exact nature of this collateral cannot be learned. It Is understood that the $75,000,000 of Southern Pacific stock purchased In February with the pro • . eds of $40,000,000 of the bonds represents part of it, and it Is assumed that the Northern Pacific stock recently bought, aggregating at least $78. 000,000 par value, according to the statements of Union Pacific interests, will also be deposited as collateral security. No estimate can be formed of the total amount paid by Kuhn, Loeb & Co. for their Northern Pacific holding.;, al though it is believed on good authority that they secured most of their preferred stock at well under par. A provision exists, it is said, by which a sub stitution of collateral may be effected; so that, if the whole amount of Northern Pacific stock bought shall be turned in as collateral, part of the company's property originally covered by the mortgage may be withdrawn from that obligation. It is the opinion in the Street that the $00,000,000 bonds, if sold at par. as were the $40,000,000 which were disposed of at the time of the Southern Pacific purchase, would not meet the cost of the Northern Pacific shares bought by Kuhn. I,oe)> & Co. The suggestion is therefore heard that possibly some arrange ment may have been made for the sale of part of those stock holdings to the St. Paul and the Northwestern, the safeguarding of the interests Of which was declared to be partly the object of Mr. Hani man and his associates In buying for control of the Northern Pacific. A director of the St. Paul was quoted yester day as saying that, in his judgment, the pur chase by the management of that system of a minority Interest In the Northern Pacific would be exceedingly unwise. The Union Pacific has outstanding $05,901,500 common stock and $99,rKX>,100 preferred. Its total common stock was $9C,178.j00 up to March, 1901; when an in crease of #loo,<M>o.iVto was authorized, this ad ditional .?I<k >.<>oo,<K)o to be reserved to provide for the conversion at par of the first lien con vertible ten year bonds of 1901, at the option of the holder, at any time up to May 1, 1 1 M 5. In addition to the $10<U>00.<MM> convertible bonds, there Is an issue of $100,000,000 first mortgage railway and land grant bonds, of which $90,543,300 are outstanding. > TO SUCCEED !U OB U'ROBERTS. Albany, May 21.— Governor Odell has appointed Joseph Simonson, of Richmond County, as Quaran tine Commissioner of the Port of New-York In place of the late Hugh Mcßoberts. Joseph Simonson is a florist at Port Richmond He is about forty years old, and always has been a Republican. Ho Is now chairman of the Rich mond County Committee. The only public office he ever hekJ was that of County clerk, to which hr was appointed to till out the unexpired term of th • late John Ellsworth. In MM hf ran for the Assem bly, but w.is defeated, with the rest of the ticket, in Richmond. MORE TROUBLE MADE ISY mi XT BOXI. Part?, May 21.— Count Bonl de Castellane. who has linrolj ro.-over.il from his Illness, announces his intention to raise an Important question in the Chamber of Deputies. He wrote to M. Delcasse. the Foreign Minister to-day, asking him to nx a day for an interpellation on the recent events at Metz, which immediately followed M. Ds*oasss*a visit to St. Petersburg. Count Boni alludes to the presence of the Russian Ambassador at Emperor William's review at Metz In honor of the i'znr's birthday, which has made a disagreeable lm: :¦¦ sion in France. BIfSBOP VCONSSUi BEEB THE TOf*. Rome. May 21.— The Pope to-day received in au dience. Monslgnor O'Oonnell. Bishop of Portland. Jormwi" r«u-itor of tha American College her*. ARBITRATION IX li. T. WORK. AGKSSMKNT ON A BOARD TO WHICH LABOR DISPUTES SHALL BE KKFKKKED. Although John B. McDonald declared that there were no complaints 'rom workmen em ployed in the rppld transit subvay work, and there was no reason to expect that any of the workmen would join in a strike, some of the workmen employed in the section In Broadway north of Forn -seventh-st. went on strike yes terday. Th» men were in the employ of Xaugh ton & Co., and it was said that they struck out of sympathy with other employes of Naugh ton & Co.. who had been engaged in rock drill ins in .Second-aye. The workmen In Second ave. struck for eight hours a lay. It was said by a representative of Xaughton & Co. that only ten of the mon employed in the subway work went on strike, and an adjustment of differences had been asre-d to. At the office of Mr. Mc- Donald in th" aftern»;.in it was said that the action of a few employes of Naughton 8t Co. was not regarded as serious, and that there w.is no reason to expect work on the tunnel to be delayed by a strike. * At a meeting held yesterday afternoon in the office of the Rapid Transit Subway Construc tion Company, in the Park Row Building, an agreement was reached between the Rapid Transit Sub-Contractors' Association and the Central Federated Union which will minimize the danger of labor troubles on the tunnel work. The contractors were repi •sented by Majot George W. McNulty. of Naughton & Co.; B. J. FarreU, of Farrell & Hopper, and Frederick Hoi brook, of Holbrook, Cabot m Daly, while William J. O'Brien, John J. Pallas and Edward Friday represented the union. The apre ment provides for the establishment of a permanent arbitration board, to consist of an tqual number of dek gates from each organi zation, to -.- hich all disputes between employers and employes on the tunnel work are to be referred. The sub-contractors for the tunnel. It was said yesterday, are all paying union wages to em ployes and observing the law which requires that all municipal work shall be done in work- Ing days of eight hours. The sub-contractors, it was said, could not evade th*> provisions of the law without danper of losing pay on th-nr contracts. Some of the sub-contractors, it is known, have several large private contracts on hand, and in those contracts they are not bound by the law. The rock drillers in Naughton ,* Co.'s section of the subway did not strike on account of personal grievances yesterday, it was said, but solely in sympathy with other men employed by the same firm in a contract for a railroad company, un Monday th* sub contractors reported to John BL McDonald that all the men employed In the subway work were contented with their employment and would not Stlike. A representative of the Emmett Association of Rock DrfPen nnd Tool Sharpeners of New- York said yesterday that demands on the con tractora had been made some time ago. The contractors had been requested to send replies on or before May 1. and none of them had done so. The demands of the association were for the following concessions: Two dollars seventy-five cents for eight hours' work. Seventy cents an hour for all time in excess of eight hi lira. Seventy cents an hour for all work on Sundays and holidays; workmen to be paid on the Jobs or nf-ar by; time spent in going to offices to be charged for as overtime; payment for work on Saturday afternoon. TORTURES AT BOGOTA. GENERAL URIBE-URIBE SAYS THE CO LOMBIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BROKEN FAITH WITH THE LIBERALS. General Rafael Tribe-Tribe, the Colombian revolutionary leader, now in this city, gave • '". last night at the Hoffman Houss a statement regarding the treatment of political and military prisoners by the present Colombian Government. He said: The penitentiary at Bogota Is a small one. and in it have been crowded more than two thousand po litical prisoners, besides five hundred ordinary crim inals. In order to get sot- .• rest and sleep the prisoners have to take ti* as at lying down, as there is not enough room for all ie lie down at once. Their beds are th- damp, cold and filthy pavement of the prison. 1 here being neither water nor sanitary facilities, tl »• wretches breath only a fetid and poisoned air. m.l smallpox, dysentery and typhus fever have bf n playing havoc among the unfortunate creatures. ~- The well not being sepu.ated from the sick, the contamination has spread itself at a tremendous speed. Each day three or .'our dead men are taken out of the penitentiary*, ,ir 1 up to the date of the last news received over s:x hundred people had died there. Throughout C >!• ntbia that bastlle is known to-day as the "Cons rvatlve Official Slaugh tering House." All these statements are ..ntirmed in the records published by the official Bard of Health. Among other modes of unishment, the prison ers, after being stripped B) ked. are fastened by one hand and one foot to stakt . anil exposed for hours to shame, the sun's rays as i rain. Wells have also been dug Into which the p lsoners. tied to a rope, are thrown at night, and ot pulled out until the morning, when they are ha f dead with the COM. Well known and promlnei t men have been loaded with heavy chains. The infamous pain of the rod has been Inflicted Indiscriminately on almost all the prisoners, and some of them have died during the proceedings. Among the prisoners is a large number of boys, from ten to fourteen years old. The methods fol lowed for sending people to the dungeons have been copied after those of the Inquisition: that is. the anonymous denunciations. Besides, many citi zens have been ueprlved of ' their liberty because the* could not pay a second or a third time the personal war contribution. as« they were absolutely destitute. Others are simple minded farmers, who have been herded in to .make it appeal that large numbers of war prisot have been taken from the Liberal armies. i General Marceliano Wlez, the commander-tn chief on being appealed to 1 y the prisoners and finding himself powerless to pit a stop to the hor rors, resigned. . The government promised tr release the prison ers if I would issue a manlfe^ *c advising the lib erals to stop lighting. In spite >f the fact that the government has not kept its w Td the fighting Will cease for a time. When, however, the liberals have succeeded in gathering sufficient money and ammunition the fighting will be' resumed. U hen it begins again I shall return to Colombia to lead the liberal army. PLANt F0 PROPOSALS TO C^...c-v.. ->~a<-«: a.>D UaPPIAN* SEAS LAID HEFOHE M. PE WITTE. • Berlin. May 21. — According to a dispatch from St. Petersburg to the "Berliner Neueste Nach richten." engineers have laid beforf M. De Witte. the Russian Minister of Finance, i lans for con necting the Black Sea with the Caspian Sea by a canal ST»O versts long and costing ."»»>0.000, <XV> rubles. . r REAL ESTATE MAX A StftCWE. CONFINED TO KNEIPP INSTITUTE. HE INHALES AS THROUGH TUBE. Poughn*epsle. If. V.. May 21 (Special).- Conrad Krag. a former New-York real estate agent, committed suicide in the Pouyhkeepsie branch of the New-York Kneipp Institute. In this city, this evening. Dr. Scherpf went to Krag's room at suDper time to call him. He received no response and Immediately broke the bedroom door ,-, nen kracr was found on the bed, with the end of a "rubber hose in his mouth. The other .nil was fastened to a gas jet across the room, and the pas was turnrd on. '"« * .. -m! ' Krag only came here from his home yesterday afternoon. ' He lived with his mother. Matlld:i Krag at No. 217 East One-hundred-and-slxteenth st. He-was forty-three years old. Melancholia is the cause assigned for the suicide. Cur« the Colds that come in a night with. * JAYNTE'S EXPECTORANT.— vt. p PRICE TIIEEE CENTS. HEFENDRR'S FIRST TRIAL. W. BUTLER DUNCAN I!: SATISFIED WITH CONSTITUTION s n >[\ TRUE MEANING OF HER SHOWING YET UN | CERTAIN. BUT SHE MADE GOOD SPEED i —A MAGNIFICENT BOAT. j IBT TELEOBArn TO THE TKIBtNE.I Bristol. R. 1., May 21.— The Intended defender of the America's Cup, the Constitution, the hope of the New-York Yacht Club, had her first trial of speed to-day in Narragar.sett Bay. After i three days of waiting everybody was rewarded ; by perfect weather conditions in the afternoon. In the morning sailing the winds were too light to show off the boat in a complete way. but In the afternoon the breeze came In nicely from the south-southwest, and the craft was tried on every point of sailing- As a summary, it may as said that, in the absence of any trial horse, the true meaning • of the tests was. of course. left almost alto gether to guesswork, and some of the hoped for deductions were rendered a good deal more un certain by three other facts-— namely, that the new canvas, for the most part, sit badly, so 1 that the beat could not point up well, no mat ter what her structural ability may be for doing so; second, because th" boat Wai pal in stays I so slowly that no accurate record ocuM be ob i tamed as to her turning ability, and. third, be i cause the vessel was not pushed in the lighter airs by either the clubtopsall, balloon Jib or spinnaker. Thus, if it should be said that the Constitution did not move as fast in light airs as the Columbia, or Shamrock I. it would , have to be remembered that she was not carry- I ing the same racing canvas. The best part of Ike day's showing was in the way the boat ould go through the water with out creating wave motion. When at anything less than ten miles an hour fhe leaves no more record on the water than an iceboat on iee Just a white scratch, and nothing more. The wave , under her lee bow is merely the surface water | pushed aside, and Is a mere white ripple. PREPARATIONS FOR THE TRIAL. As to the boat's canvas. It is only fair to Hathaway to say that the mainsail was wet with thr-'" days' continuous rain when it was hoisted. The jib and foresail, which went up dry. seemed to be badly cut. and hung in folds ¦ on the stays. The topsail was not made to fit ' during the various changes made in sheet and ¦ halyard, but it could have been made to set by the wind if the lacing to the mast had been slacked. The baby jibtopsail was at first the best looking sail on the boat, but later, when ! the sun and the stretching took the kinks out ! of the mainsail the latter naturally improved j in appearance, and will be a good sail when worked into shape. At 5.30 a. m. the foresail was sent up la : stops, and then the rolled Jib went aloft for the first time. The men were at work getting the covers off th» mainsail, and it was seen that the first part of the peak halyards was of wire rope, the rest of it being manlla. The upper throat halyard block has four sheaves, and there are three In the lower. The jaws of the gaff are of galvanized steel, and made so as Just to pass the lower spreaders when the faff 13 exactly at right angles to «me. Herreshof! trusts to the thrust of the gaff to keep It In place on ( - the mast. The mainsail has ton* batons and wire roping on the luff. Forward there is a new contrivance that looks like a large spool. This is a round windlass on which Is rolled a phosphor bronze rope. It is) small, though of enormous strength, and It is the latest wrinkle for ground tackle. It more than takes the place of the heavy chain cable and is a model for neatness. The topmast seta into the masthead seven feet. Before the mainsail was fully hoisted the malnboom struts were pushed out at right angles to the boom and the wire ropes tight ened. The galvanized steel mast hoops slipped up in an ungreased way. and at 9:59 the Jib was broken out. and when this caught the northwest light air the Constitution made her first move under canvas, at 10 o'clock. She started southwest, and then turned free with Nat Herreshoff at the wheel, and "W. Butler Duncan, jr.. Charles Henry Billman. tho rigger, and Asa Hathaway, the sailmaker. close behind him. Then the jibtopsail was lighted along the horn by five men on the footropes. and! It was soon moving up the .stay, and at 10: the head or the working gafftopsail showed over the gaff. . RATHER INSENSITIVE TO CATSPATVS. Here the wind fell flat. Two comfortable boatswain's chairs went aloft for the masthead men. and at 10:^$ they tried to sheet out the topsail, but the lower half of it was in a snarl, and it took nine and a half minutes to get it cleared and the lower stops cut away. It was sheeted out by the winch at the foot of the mast, ; but did not set. The sail caused trouble all day. John B. Herreshoff, the brother of the design er, was cut with his wife on his steam yacht Eugenia, and from the way he stood up and turned to the new boat no one would guess that he was blind. The sailing which followed a3 the boat passed down toward Newport for four and three-quarter miles to Sandy Point need not be described except to say that In the light and variable catspaws she seemed to be rather insensitive to their small power, and when they came with better force she did not seem to feel them. At 11:06 Herreshoff gave the wheel to Mr. Duncan and went forward. and while he gazed up at the forward canvas through his green gog gles his countenance held M joy. The wind dropped then, and Duncan gybed the craft and came to anchor for luncheon. The sailors were taken across to the tender Mount Morris in the large launch in whic.'i Mr. Duncan arrived from Newport before the start. A pleasant breeze was coming in from the south-southwest as the sailors returned and backed the jib at 1 OS, and then the boat footed off on the port tack, with Mr. Herreshoff at the wheel. This breeze increased, and in the tack ing it was found that on the starboard tack the yacht headed southeast by south, and on the port tack she headed west-southwest. She never sailed inside nine points in th" two tacks all day. but this was solely a matter of bad canvas, and she will do much better. About three miles from Sandy Point something gave way at the heel of the bowsprit, and the boat was paid off before the wind at once. It was a beautiful turn, and the first test of the boat*3 power, as she was thrown flat to the wind, with her sheets pretty well aft. She showed a lot of bronze underbody, but took the strain in good shape, giving promise of being a great canvas carrier. MR. DUNCAN SATISFIED. A few men worked at something at the heel of the bowsprit, and it was supposed that this spar had slipped a little Inboard. The jib hal yards were partly slacked down, and afterward, when all was made right, the boat again came by the wind. While the men were forward the boat seemed to feel their presence there, an other instance of what has been before remarked here, that she seems sensitive to alterations of s weights. Five tons of lead were placed In the boat yesterday, and she sailed much more near her apparently right waterllne. In the subsequent sailing she made good speed. ' and she is a magnificent "vessel from any point: of view, stately, and reminding one of the Britannia in her dignified ease. She turned for home at -_'. and arrived at her mooring at . ::•>.'. running ten "miles an hour on the way back. ; . The boat's power, of which »ho has a hug» amount in reserve, was not called out, and sh^